Release Date: 8th October 2021
The first in a series of vinyl and streaming platform-only white label releases on YUKU, featuring known artists releasing under different new names. We introduce "Imaginary Number" with four deadly 130-bpm clubtrax. Tracks from this release have enjoyed radio support from Madam X, Tom Ravenscroft, Mary Anne Hobbs, Surgeon, and Breaka!
A1 Imaginary Number - Fruaki
A2 Imaginary Number - Get
B1 Imaginary Number - B Strange
B2 Imaginary Number - FRS
Release Date: 8th October 2021
"Since our debut release on YUKU, our perspective about the many creative possibilities open to us has evolved.
With "MAKTUB," meaning "It's written," we're clearly stating that it's time to dive deeper into our musical ethos and production. It represents a significant step in our self-discovery, and a big step forward from the debut EP.
On this sonic architect project, we managed to make a strong cross-Atlantic connection with the various features on this LP and make geographical boundaries evaporate. This genre-fusion release was formed in pure isolation and solitude from all sides, but the final outcome brings a feeling of even stronger unity within TRAKA, and also at same time preserves our personal individual creative identities."
A1 TRAKA & Funkier - Dirty South
A2 TRAKA - Illest Don
A3 TRAKA - Esnaf
A4 TRAKA - Maktub
A5 TRAKA & Subp Yao feat. Rikodan - Dub La Dub
B1 TRAKA - Ruaumoko
B2 TRAKA - Vanity
B3 TRAKA - Disintegrate
B4 TRAKA - Yosai
C1 TRAKA - Avet
C2 TRAKA & Subp Yao - War Paint
C3 TRAKA & Chrizpy Chriz - Yusuf
C4 TRAKA & Masturbeator - Murky
D1 TRAKA - Brooklyn State of Mind
D2 TRAKA - Digital Zion
Release Date: 2nd July 2021
"Drifter Dub & Perception draw from a deep inner feeling that connects the four elements - earth / water / air / fire.
Everything is connected and surrounded by these four elements in varying ratios and levels of interaction. With these tracks, I wanted to elicit a mood that gives the feeling of being in nature with all these elements, dancing around a fire in the forest, getting lost in the kind of hypnotic rhythm and percussion that can put you in an ecstatic higher frequency state. The Forest Drive West remix of "Perception" captures that all and completes the release perfectly."
A1 Es.tereo - Drifter Dub
B1 Es.tereo - Perception
B2 Es.tereo - Perception (Forest Drive West remix)
Release Date: 28th January 2022
The second in the so far very popular series of vinyl-only white labels on YUKU that feature artists releasing under different aliases. This time, exploratory and impactful 160 with a slice of low-slung halftime from two artists - Ikawa & Kliptown.
a1. Ikawa - Don't
a2. Ikawa - Never
b1. Kliptown - Miwa
b2. Kliptown - Luca
Release Date: 5th November 2021
"In this album I was trying to explore the idea of pop music on PCP. PCP has fantastic lore around it and I think the most fascinating thing about it is that it seems as if many people have had these experiences where they took PCP, it presented them with an alternative reality, and they accepted it without question. It's as if that umbilical cord of knowing that you're high is cut, and the person taking it is fully immersed in the trip. Not only that but from some of the accounts, the alternate reality seems quite twisted and perverse. There are reports of people disemboweling and eating each other, or deciding that the best course of action is self-mutilation or castration, and then emerging from the trip still convinced it was the right choice. Or even the accounts of people gaining superhuman strength and fighting off 5 or 6 cops at once. It seems like there's something quite dark on the other side of that door.
So for this album I tried to write what I imagine the pop music of that alternate reality might sound like. What would happen to the sugary sweet, wet dream, corporate sponsored top 40 hits, if we dipped 'em in angel dust and got "wet". What would happen if we slopped all of those fun summer hits into the meat grinder of the PCP reality tunnel, and just pushed them through. I like to imagine an intersection under an overpass in a cyberpunk dystopian future. It's midnight and you can see the neon's from the storefronts on the other side through the thick smog. A modded AE86 Corolla pulls a left turn and you can hear the music pounding from the sound system as the rubber peels underneath it. As it's drifting through the intersection, smoke pouring out of the tiny gap at the top of the tinted windows, the music pours out of the car like a thick syrup, engulfing us as we stand frozen for a moment as they pass. This is what they were playing."
A1 Woulg - Submission
A2 Woulg - Crushed Up
A3 Woulg - The Lurch
B1 Woulg - Polypropylene
B2 Woulg - CI-395
B3 Woulg - Sernylan
Release Date: 19th November 2021
"To make this concept a cohesive whole, Hybrids took a couple of years to compile. It reflects a certain shift in my sound, where I've try to maintain a constant balance between experimentation and efficiency - surprise, technique and playability... It's a highly functional object crafted from a subversive standpoint, breaking the rules while following them all. Auto-referential musical artifacts blend into composite shapes, and ultimately manifests into five exercises in style, trespassing traditional boundaries of genre, tempo, and (good) taste. While this record probably expresses an inner conflict at the intersection of hypermodernity and conservatism, I hope it accomplishes, at least, its primitive function-to put the body in motion."
A1 Tenebre - Sub Methods
A2 Tenebre - Hybrids
B1 Tenebre & TRAKA - Wum
B2 Tenebre - Prototype
B3 Tenebre - Abstraction
Release Date: 20th August 2021
"Just Valance being Valance, I'm no underground glitch legend or pioneer as I never cared for a title, just an individual who puts sounds together and embraces the outcome whether it's light or dark. Capturing emotions from complex patterns. I don't betray myself. Not for status. Not for power. Not for money. Not to fit into a stereotype. Not to look a certain way. Not for approval as patience and sacrifice is required to build anything.
Some aspects of the world are getting uglier every day and every ray of hope is vital to tilt the balance."
- Valance Drakes
A1 Valance Drakes - Grown Weary Of Their Kindness
A2 Valance Drakes - Awaken Old Memories From Their Slumber
A3 Valance Drakes - Angels Can Still Feel Fear
A4 Valance Drakes - Those That Tell You Winning Lies
B1 Valance Drakes - The Man Who Trade Obediences For A Title
B2 Valance Drakes - Behaviour Never Stand Still
B3 Valance Drakes - In The Nest Of Complex Questions
B4 Valance Drakes - Trace Your Scars
Release Date: 3rd September 2021
"Artificial Intelligence has been a fascinating area for me since 2017, and Cypher is a body of my work, an album, that draws heavily on it for inspiration. I tried to combine classical elements and modern techniques as much as possible when creating it, so that it has both a sense of the familiar and the new. I created the artwork by programming a GAN algorithm using face-transfer concept in combination with a street-art dataset from Istanbul."
A1 Granul - Intro
A2 Granul - Delusion
A3 Granul - Alexa
B1 Granul - Quarantine Groove
B2 Granul - Maqa
B3 Granul - Cypher
C1 Granul - Oneshot
C2 Granul - Deformity
C3 Granul - Bigram
C4 Granul - Fitne
D1 Granul & Enslaved - Inter-connected
D2 Granul - Cypher (VIP Mix)
D3 Granul - Fitne (Gantz remix)
Release Date: 16th July 2021
"Following on our first EP, 'Collisions', we wanted to explore the use of modular synths, and also hardware, in more depth. Exordium was crafted from countless modular jams, passed back and forth between London and Liege, and polished into a piece of work that captures our love for club music, with an experimental edge. We wanted to get out for a moment from the 170 which we are a bit more known for. Hopefully you will enjoy this exploration into our shared sound and influences as much as we enjoyed creating it."
- Fearful & Mtwn
A1 Fearful & Mtwn - The Mime
A2 Fearful & Mtwn - Twelve Over
B1 Fearful & Mtwn - Void
B2 Fearful & Mtwn - Shallow Grave
C1 Fearful & Mtwn - Obliteration
C2 Fearful & Mtwn - Altered States
D1 Fearful & Mtwn - A Murder Of Crows
D2 Fearful & Mtwn - 8's & Nine's
Release Date: 16th April 2021
"Music to a point is directly associative and always carries stereotypic and archaic values. In opposition to real life physical sounds electronically created sounds and music throw you back to the beginning of sound - the sine wave. To go from there is a welcome challenge and a lot of fun which both expresses well in the album."
- Current Value
a1. Current Value - Recovery File
a2. Current Value - AI
a3. Current Value - Bitter Sweet
b1. Current Value - Blessing
b2. Amon Tobin & Current Value - The All Attracting
b3. Current Value- Echolot
c1. Current Value - It's All Good
c2. Current Value - Papersand
c3. Current Value - Playground
c4. Current Value - Floating
d1. Current Value & MVRK - Space
d2. Current Value - Outside
d3. Current Value - Timeplay
Release Date: 26th March 2021
ANMON was born from the collaboration of French producers DJ Saint Pierre and Tenebre. Through rearranged recorded live jams, their music is a series of fast-paced experiments at the fringe of the techno spectrum. Built for the stage and trance-induced listening experiences, Anmon summons a renewed tribal spirit - an unexpected resurgence of the sonic aesthetics of freeparties via their very own interpretation.
a1. Anmon - Piano
a2. Anmon - Phare
b1. Anmon - Tuvan I
b2. Anmon - Tuvan II
b3. Anmon - BR-8
Release Date: 19th February 2021
Multi-genre industrial bass that's equally at home in the underground of Berlin and the low-end-leaning dancefloors of the US and UK. With 'Warp Crawler' on the exciting YUKU imprint, Chrizpy Chriz finds a mature groove in the bass spectrum that deviates between restrained and tearing at its own seams. A must for open-minded purveyors of exploratory electronica with teeth.
a1. Chrizpy Chriz - Dark Satate
a2. Chrizpy Chriz - Hollow Point
a3. Chrizpy Chriz - Sewer Rat Mob
a4. Chrizpy Chriz & Smol - Black Widow
b1. Chrizpy Chriz - Mentally Broken
b2. Chrizpy Chriz - Intoxicated
b3. Chrizpy Chriz - Discomfort
b4. Chrizpy Chriz - Compulsion
c1. Chrizpy Chriz - Frayed
c2. Chrizpy Chriz - Trauma
c3. Chrizpy Chriz - Erratic
c4. Chrizpy Chriz - Stomp Box
d1. Chrizpy Chriz - Monsterpiece
d2. Chrizpy Chriz - Burnt Wires
d3. Chrizpy Chriz & Yunis - Janky
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Six striking pieces of music from three unique and distinct artists, each elaborately soundtracking the luxurious and endless nights of tomorrow...
a1. Alex Banks - Vire
a2. Alex Banks - Awake
a3. Woulg -Steady
b1. Woulg - I Will Stop
b2. War - One Question
b3. War - Twice Removed
Release Date: 8th January 2021
"For us, the Start Taking Note is a marvelous Frankenstein of sonic fragments. Foley, samples, ethnic instruments and late night synth jam sessions put together over solid UK Grime Influenced beats, bring together a sound of multiple generations of music and musicians together, to create this unique adrenaline shot.
We always strived to distinguish ourselves from the generic sound of the club scene, and we consider EP to be the foundation of our audio/visual identity.
Belgrade's urban underground music scene and the urban graffiti art is something that brought us all together, and will always stay a purest form of inspiration.
We also very grateful for Killa P's guest appearance on the EP title track. His career, tunes and artist he worked with amongst the core influences of our sound."
a1. TRAKA - Intro
a2. TRAKA - Stomp
a3. TRAKA - Hybrid
a4. TRAKA feat. Killa P - Start Taking Note
b1. TRAKA - Mitsushi
b2. TRAKA - Flux
b3. TRAKA - Agnostic
b4. TRAKA - Isolated